By Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2020

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say the cost of cleaning up vandalism to the state Capitol building is expected to total more than $1 million.

The damage occurred during protests against police violence that started May 28 in Denver after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protests have continued as a result of the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a choke hold by suburban Denver police.

A fence was constructed around the building to start repairs, which officials said were delayed due to ongoing vandalism, the Denver Post reported.

The money for the repairs will come from the Office of the State Architect and the state’s Risk Management Property Fund.

Doug Platt, a spokesman for the Department of Personnel and Administration, said the work is expected to continue until at least winter.

“Our goal is always to make sure the building is ready for the legislative session in January, especially with the windows and doors,” Platt said.

In other developments:

Prosecutors have charged a 37-year-old woman who was filmed running her vehicle into a protester during a demonstration for Floyd in May.

Jennifer Watson was issued a summons to appear in court on charges of assault and reckless driving.

A cellphone video shot in downtown Denver on May 28 showed protesters surrounding an SUV with one man on the hood. That man jumps off as the vehicle speeds up. In the video, the vehicle seems to be free from protesters, but the driver turns sharply and runs into the man who had been on the hood, knocking him to the ground.

Watson’s attorney, Ryan Brackley, said in a statement that his client was on her way home when her SUV was surrounded by protesters, and she was terrified when the group kicked and hit her car. He said she called 911 after she drove away from the crowd.

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